88 episodes

The Contemplify podcast kindles the examined life through artful musings with scholars, creatives and master teachers.

Contemplify seeks to glean wisdom from master contemplatives across the ages (Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Lao Tzu, Ralph Waldo Emerson to name a few) by those who know them best—the scholars who have devoted themselves to studying, embracing and teaching the contemplative’s life and work in the world. Interviews with creatives and master teachers shine a light forward on engaging meaning and depth through subtle, artistic means and exploring beyond the current boundaries of thought to make way for a more sustainable frontier.

Each episode delivers a subtly intoxicating* exchange on the contemplative lifestyle with practical takeaways to emulate in daily life. Contemplify gladly joins the creatives, thought leaders and scholars ringing the bell in the ivory tower for the pleasure of those robbing a moment of contemplation on the backporch.

Ring the bell. Rob the moment. Contemplify.

Host, Paul Swanson, is a husband, father and contemplative educator at the Center for Action and Contemplation's Living School**.

*Contemplify is best served with a pint in hand. Please listen responsibly.

** All shenanigans, tom foolery and bally-hoo posted on Contemplify are my own. Contemplify is not representative of the Center for Action and Contemplation or Richard Rohr on any matter.

Contemplify Paul Swanson | Contemplative Shoveler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 67 Ratings

The Contemplify podcast kindles the examined life through artful musings with scholars, creatives and master teachers.

Contemplify seeks to glean wisdom from master contemplatives across the ages (Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Lao Tzu, Ralph Waldo Emerson to name a few) by those who know them best—the scholars who have devoted themselves to studying, embracing and teaching the contemplative’s life and work in the world. Interviews with creatives and master teachers shine a light forward on engaging meaning and depth through subtle, artistic means and exploring beyond the current boundaries of thought to make way for a more sustainable frontier.

Each episode delivers a subtly intoxicating* exchange on the contemplative lifestyle with practical takeaways to emulate in daily life. Contemplify gladly joins the creatives, thought leaders and scholars ringing the bell in the ivory tower for the pleasure of those robbing a moment of contemplation on the backporch.

Ring the bell. Rob the moment. Contemplify.

Host, Paul Swanson, is a husband, father and contemplative educator at the Center for Action and Contemplation's Living School**.

*Contemplify is best served with a pint in hand. Please listen responsibly.

** All shenanigans, tom foolery and bally-hoo posted on Contemplify are my own. Contemplify is not representative of the Center for Action and Contemplation or Richard Rohr on any matter.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

ALouiseYo ,

Take the journey

I would not say that follow through is my strong suit, however, Contemplify has inspired more follow through in me than any other podcast. Books bought or borrowed, music listened too, poems read, movies watched, space found for a quiet sit. In fact, Paul’s work inspires such follow through, that I have been slow to listen to all of the episodes--but that’s the point, isn’t it? To slow down and take time contemplating the ideas, the art, and the thinkers that Paul introduces.
Of the topics Paul takes up in his ongoing trek across a spiritual terrain, my favorites are the intersections of the ordinary with the contemplative; parenting, family life, work, making coffee, greeting neighbors. Paul invites listeners into contemplative practices, both his own and those of others, with such honesty and vulnerability that the podcast itself stands as an invitation to simply try while also offering us the assurance that the outcome, however imperfect, will be worth it.

csduncan1234 ,

About water

I just read the piece about water. The length if the passage taken from the book was originally off-putting. But I read it anyway. I dove in and am so glad I did. The depth of all being of water. The depth of water connecting all. So powerful and spiritual. Almost impossible to find words to explain this passages impact on me - on us. Thank you so much

Adkgirl4 ,

Paul speaks to me

I listen to a lot of podcasts with a lot of topic variety, but this has lately been my go to favorite, maybe it's because he always asks his guests what drink they would pair with the talk? Always a voice of reason, interesting guests, a voice made for radio and I don't feel talked at, I feel like I'm eavesdropping on a fascinating conversation and not in a creepy way. Thanks Paul

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